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Cruises on the Columbia, Snake rivers grow increasingly popular

6 a.m. July 5
Tourism industry experts see potential for Vancouver, port, southwest washington

The Columbia River, the Northwest's great resource for commerce, recreation, and energy, is emerging as a tourist destination for ship-bound travelers in pursuit of new sightseeing and historical experiences. That's good news for Vancouver, which stands to gain visitors and business as a Portland metro-area gateway to the Columbia-Snake corridor.

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Microsoft, Kyocera settle Android patent dispute

July 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Microsoft and Japanese electronics maker Kyocera have settled their smartphone patent dispute.

Fannie, Freddie heads could get up to $4M yearly in pay

July 4, 2015 6 a.m.

The chief executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could collect up to $4 million a year in pay.

Microsoft, Kyocera settle Android patent dispute

By Wire services July 3, 2015 4:49 p.m.

Seattle — Microsoft and Japanese electronics maker Kyocera have settled their smartphone patent dispute.

Lawsuits challenge railroad's authority to OK oil pipeline

By Associated Press July 3, 2015 4:46 p.m.

OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. government began handing out land to railroads to encourage their development more than 150 years ago, but there are still questions about how much control those companies have over the land.

Worker's family sue over fatal Boeing air bag injury

By Associated Press July 3, 2015 2:24 p.m.

SEATTLE — The family of a man who was fatally injured while he was working on a seat belt air bag replacement that inflated explosively is suing Boeing Co. and a supplier.

Aetna moves to buy Humana for $35 billion as health landscape shifts

By TOM MURPHY, Associated Press July 3, 2015 2:02 p.m.

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

Illegal construction activity cited in county

By Gordon Oliver July 3, 2015 1:47 p.m.

The Department of Labor & Industries said this week that it uncovered 19 cases of illegal construction activity in the state, including three cases in Clark County, during a recent sting aimed at deterring illegal construction activity.

Study concurs: Timing everything in Facebook posts

By Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Facebook's elusive algorithm, the one that makes some posts super visible and others seemingly invisible, is something most Facebook users might never understand. But behind most far-reaching posts is at least one subtle but important factor everyone can grasp: good timing.

General Mills shifting resources away from Green Giant business

By Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) July 3, 2015 6 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills acknowledged the weakness in its Green Giant vegetable business Wednesday, taking a $260 million charge as it redirects money to more promising ventures.

Greek financial crisis: Voters perplexed, undecided

By DEREK GATOPOULOS and COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated Press July 2, 2015 5:45 p.m.

ATHENS, Greece — Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout deal for Greece's troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn't sure what he's voting for.

Tesoro-Savage deny request for longer comment period

By Aaron Corvin July 2, 2015 5:08 p.m.

The companies seeking to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver haven't been shy in expressing their disappointment about delays in the project's review by a state agency.

Google's new app misidentifies black people as 'gorillas'

By Associated Press July 2, 2015 4:53 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity.

30-year mortgage up to 4.08 percent

By The Associated Press July 2, 2015 4:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year.

State quietly gives Microsoft a tax increase

By Associated Press July 2, 2015 4:36 p.m.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is quietly giving Microsoft a tax increase, and the company isn't complaining about the $57 million tax hike over the next two years.

BNSF Railway whistleblower awarded $1.25 million

By Mike Carter, The Seattle Times July 2, 2015 4:35 p.m.

A railroad whistleblower has been awarded $1.25 million by a federal jury in Tacoma after a six-day trial in which the former union and safety official proved he was targeted and terminated on a pretext in 2011 after reporting dozens of safety violations to federal authorities.

Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.
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